Could More Coffee Lower Your Odds for Diabetes?

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking more coffee might lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, a new large U.S. study suggests.

 More Muscle May Help Kidney Dialysis Patients

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For kidney dialysis patients, having more muscle improves their ability to walk and benefits their physical and mental health, according to a new study.

 Measles on Upswing Despite Vaccines' Effectiveness: CDC

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccinations have prevented an estimated 732,000 deaths, 21 million hospitalizations and 322 million illnesses among U.S. children born in the last 20 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

 Your Digestive Tract's Surface Is the Size of a Studio Apartment

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The inner surface of your gastrointestinal tract is as large as a small studio apartment, or between about 100 and 130 square feet, according to a new study.

 Cell-Targeted Therapy Shows Early Promise Against MS

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment targeting specific white blood cells in the immune system known as B cells may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS), new research suggests.

 FDA Approves HPV Test as Initial Screen for Cervical Cancer

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a human papillomavirus (HPV) test as a first step in cervical cancer screening for women 25 and older.

 Guidelines Aim to Detect More Congenital Heart Defects in Womb

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite advances in technology that make it much easier for doctors to detect heart defects in fetuses, more than half of babies with heart abnormalities go undiagnosed before they're born, experts say.

 Genetic Code of Tsetse Fly May Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who mapped the genome of the tsetse fly say this genetic information could lead to new ways to fight African sleeping sickness.

 Workplace Ladder Falls a Major Cause of Deaths, Injuries: CDC

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Workplace tumbles off of ladders are a major cause of injury and death among American employees, a new study says.

 Bullying Rates Drop Among American Teens: Study

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens are much less likely to engage in bullying than they were a decade ago, new research suggests.

 Internet May Help Seniors Avoid Depression

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A basic communication tool like email can help isolated older people combat loneliness and depression, a new study suggests.

 Health Highlights: April 24, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

 Vitamin D May Not Lower Seniors' Fall Risk

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin D supplements does little to reduce seniors' risk of falls, a new review finds.

 1 in 13 U.S. Schoolkids Takes Psych Meds: Report

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows.

 Kids' Genetic Risk for Obesity Rises With Age, Study Finds

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As children get older, genes appear to play an increasing role in whether some kids become heavier than their peers, a new study indicates.

 Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplants for Diarrhea: Study

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using frozen material for fecal transplants is as effective as fresh material in curing people with chronic diarrhea caused by recurrent infection with Clostridium difficilebacteria, according to a small new study.

 FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited regulations governing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.

 FDA Reconsiders Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- They're likened to a dog's "shock collar" by some and called a "life-saving treatment" by others. But the days of electro-shock devices as a tool for managing hard-to-control behavior in people with disabilities may be numbered, U.S. health officials say.

 Health Tip: Eat Healthy

(HealthDay News) -- Using your meal plate as a blueprint of what to eat, you can make sure you're getting the right amount of nutritious foods.

 Health Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Clean

(HealthDay News) -- Daily cleaning of your kitchen can help minimize germs and reduce the risk of contracting a foodborne illness.